UNDP in Armenia Goes Climate Neutral!

Nov 5, 2015

The Green Team

Today’s global community is fighting one of the most challenging problems we have ever encountered: climate change. Climate change is neither local nor regional – it is a global threat to development. In fact, this year’s make or break Climate Change Summit in Paris has been billed as a defining moment in the history of mankind.

 As a leading development actor, UNDP is supporting this fight, playing a key role in raising public awareness on climate change and supporting sustainable development throughout the world.

Today we proudly announce that UNDP in Armenia has become officially Climate Neutral!

Climate neutrality is not about zero emissions. It is about reducing current emissions to the point where we reach the ultimate balance between emissions and the absorptive capacity of the Earth.

Even with our best efforts, daily activities and business operations result in unavoidable emissions. Climate neutrality means that for those emissions that we are unable to reduce at the office, we reduce the equivalent amount elsewhere.

How? UNDP in Armenia has achieved climate neutrality through offsetting its greenhouse gas emissions associated with office operations and travel in 2014 by contributing to the UNFCCC Climate Change Adaptation Fund, which in its turn finances adaptation projects in developing countries, helping them build resilience and adapt to climate change.

As one of the first UNDP country offices to achieve this important milestone, UNDP Armenia calls on everyone to take action towards a climate neutral world, by following these three main steps:

Measure your climate footprint; calculate your CO2 emissions. You can do this now online through the Footprint calculator of the UN’s Climate Neutral Now platform.

Reduce emissions as much as possible through adopting more environmentally friendly operations and behavior. Here are a few Greening tips to get started.  

Offset what cannot be reduced. You can do this through the UN’s newly launched Climate Neutral Now platform.

The Green Team at UNDP

UNDP in Armenia’s commitment to environmental sustainability has resulted in the formation of a special task force known as The Green Team. Through the team’s ‘Greening efforts’ several additional measures have been taken to reduce the organization’s emissions through improved energy efficiency, ‘green' lighting, waste management, plastic and paper recycling, and most importantly, more environmentally friendly practices.

Yet in 2011 UNDP in Armenia installed 10 kW solar photovoltaic panels on the roof of the UN House, thus covering part of its power consumption from a renewable source

Check out our 'Green Action Plan' or contact our 'Green focal point' for more information.

What can you do?

UNDP partners with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crises, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. As an Armenia citizen, you are a crucial part of this process – UNDP is a potential partner to you too!

If you’d like to get involved or you have an idea related to climate change then check out our small grants programme or idea incubator.

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